ADVOCACY FOR MORE ORGANIC POLICIES: To build a sustainable farm & food system in Iowa.
In coalition with other organizations, IOA monitors legislative activities on local, state and national levels, making recommendations for policies that promote such issues important to the Iowa organic community.
The following list of issue categories captures most of the concerns we have heard over the past few years and represents the IOA board's priority areas
- Pesticide Drift
- Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
- Organic Marketing
How To Engage in the Iowa Political ProcessIt is important that as an organic community, we work together to educate our local and federal representatives on issues important to organic farmers and consumers. The political process may seem daunting, but there are many ways for you to engage:
AT HOME/ AT THE FARM
AT A TOWN MEETING
Our Iowa senators and representatives hold local forums in their home district almost every month when the Iowa Legislature is in session, typically from January through mid-April each year. THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES are being discussed during this 3.5 month window. So please attend one of these Legislative Forums in your area!
MEET YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE OR SENATORS
Iowa has two senators in the United States Senate and four representatives in the United States House of Representatives. Periodically, they travel home and are available to discuss issues with we, the people. Find out who represents you in Congress by searching a database by your zip code or state.